I was recently studying the book of Acts and more specifically chapter two when I stumbled on something that blew my mind away. Acts 2:1 says, When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. As I was looking up the significance of the day of Pentecost I realized that Pentecost comes from a Greek word Pentēkostē which means “fiftieth”. This means that Pentecost is celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover, and in the Old Testament, Pentecost was known as the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot.
Bear with me, I’m about to get to the interesting part. But before that, let’s take a short walk down history to Exodus 32:1 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods[a] who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” So basically people got tired of waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain and they decided to make a gold idol in the shape of a calf. The chapter goes on to say in verse 28 that the Lord’s anger burned against them, and 3000 people were killed.
Now let me tell you how this is relevant to the day of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. The glorious day in the upper room on the day of Pentecost took place approximately 1400 years after what happened with the Israelites. On that day, in Acts 2:41 we see – Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. How many people were added to the body of Christ? 3000.
The exact number that was killed for sinning against God in the Old Testament was added unto the church in the New Testament. This is SO SO significant. Jesus redeemed and restored the exact number who were lost. He was able to do it hundreds of years later on the same day, only because He came down and died for us on the cross to save us from our sins, so that we may not perish but have everlasting life.
The Bible is full of beautiful mysterious. I encourage you to spend as much time as you can studying the word. Okay?